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On the Summer League roster for the Sac Kings. They're looking for small forwards so he may have a chance.
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On the Summer League roster for the Sac Kings. They're looking for small forwards so he may have a chance.



Ahhh the NBA urge and rush to get out of college - and then what the D league or players by overseas?
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On the Summer League roster for the Sac Kings. They're looking for small forwards so he may have a chance.


Ahhh the NBA urge and rush to get out of college - and then what the D league or players by overseas?


Sampson is 24. He's so far earned $1,637,884 playing in the NBA, plus whatever he's earned playing elsewhere. Seems like he's doing pretty good.
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It's not how much you make, It's how much you keep. Many athletes don't keep much especially the young inexperienced ones.
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It's not how much you make, It's how much you keep. Many athletes don't keep much especially the young inexperienced ones.


No arguing with that, but you can't keep what you haven't earned.
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On the Summer League roster for the Sac Kings. They're looking for small forwards so he may have a chance.


Ahhh the NBA urge and rush to get out of college - and then what the D league or players by overseas?


Sampson is 24. He's so far earned $1,637,884 playing in the NBA, plus whatever he's earned playing elsewhere. Seems like he's doing pretty good.


That is about $1,530, 884 more than I made my first 3 years as a lawyer. However, assuming a 40% tax rate and 3% for his agent he was probably left with $900,000 after 3 seasons. I hope he is saving as much as possible and not following the route chosen by many professional players. If he is getting good advice great , if not we will be reading about another broke former NBA player.
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A little apples and oranges here. Yes, the earning potential is tremendous but would likely be far greater for many players if he waits an extra year or 2. Of course there are exceptions.

But rushing to the NBA often is not a good decision. Likelihood of longer term careers playing ball are often enhanced by waiting.

The figure used distorts the real picture of guy's playing for little unless they catch on. Yes it is the player's right to jump when he wants but it is often ill advised.

Let's not make it sound like just because he's made a nice sum 3 years out assured that his financial future is secure.
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He's young and has NBA experience, which means someone in Europe will want him if the NBA doesn't. It won't be hundreds of millions, but he'll certainly have enough to buy free and clear what is usually the largest purchase in a person's lifetime -- a house. If he's smart with the remainder he'll have a nice life.

That said, he's super athletic, hard worker, and a good guy. I think he finds a place on an NBA bench somewhere.
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A little apples and oranges here. Yes, the earning potential is tremendous but would likely be far greater for many players if he waits an extra year or 2. Of course there are exceptions.

But rushing to the NBA often is not a good decision. Likelihood of longer term careers playing ball are often enhanced by waiting.

The figure used distorts the real picture of guy's playing for little unless they catch on. Yes it is the player's right to jump when he wants but it is often ill advised.

Let's not make it sound like just because he's made a nice sum 3 years out assured that his financial future is secure.


I don't recall making the argument that every player who leaves college early has made a wise decision. If I made that argument I was incorrect, because that argument doesn't hunt. Neither do I recall saying that Sampson's financial future is secure. If I did I was wrong as well. What I recall saying was that Sampson - having left school early and earned seven figures playing basketball in three years, with a similarly bright future - as opposed to staying in school for another year or two and studying at the feet of the master that is Steve Lavin - seems to be doing okay for himself. Having reflected upon that statement I find no fault with it. As usual YMMV.

I would however disagree with this statement: "The figure used distorts the real picture of guy's playing for little unless they catch on." The figure used was his salary and meant to distort nothing, and it's hardly little: he's earned 1000 times the minimum wage. That's a pretty good salary for a high school graduate. Many players do not fare as well as Sampson, but the extrapolation to other less talented players is yours.
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Kings sign JaKarr Sampson to two-way contract
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